Call for Papers: Special Issue on Police Investigations and Investigative Practices

The Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology invites submissions for a special issue on Police Investigations and Investigative Practices edited by Dr. Nadine Deslauriers-Varin and Dr. Francis Fortin.

In recent years, we are witnessing a growth of empirical studies that aim at providing support to police forces and improving the efficiency of their practices and methods using a proactive and evidence-based approach. In the last decade, numerous partnerships between academia and police agencies have emerged and detailed information on offender behaviors has been analyzed in order to facilitate police investigations as well as suspect prioritization and identification efforts. Despite this, evidence-based research in the field of police/criminal investigation is lacking. Good and emerging research is being conducted and published on this topic but there is no collective work showcasing such research at the international level.

This special issue aims to provide an opportunity for international scholars to present their empirical findings (both quantitative and qualitative) related to police investigations and investigative practices. Possible topics that may be empirically addressed include, but are not limited to: criminal intelligence analysis, psychological profiling, geographical profiling, crime linkage, offender decision making and crime scripts, police interviewing, false allegation and credibility assessment, prioritization practices, and implicit biases and policing.

Interested authors have to submit a title and abstract (no more than 250 words) as well as a short author’s bio and affiliation (500 words) to guest editors ( by July 24, 2020. Authors will be notified upon acceptance of their proposition for this special issue.

Manuscripts should be previously unpublished and not simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages (about 10 000 words, including all text, references, and appendices; double-spaced, full justification, 12-point times new roman font). Style and formatting guidelines for authors and additional information are available at:

The manuscript submission deadline (for accepted propositions) is January 29, 2021. All submissions will undergo a peer review process - manuscripts can be submitted sooner for a quicker review and decision.